Phases of Construction

Phases of Construction

The Waterside Poolscapes Construction Process

Waterside Poolscapes is dedicated to building you a quality pool that will bring you years of pleasure. We are proud of our product and our company operations and strive to give you superior design and construction as well as the best customer service in the industry. Waterside Poolscapes maintains a strict adherence to quality construction standards set by the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. This is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool and spa industries. As a current and longtime member, Waterside Poolscapes adheres to the industry standards set by the APSP to keep our products and customers safe throughout the construction process and long term use of the swimming pool.


During this time, we will obtain all necessary approvals from the Home Owner’s Association and the City. Depending on the municipality, this process may take up to 45 days. During this time our team will stake out the pool location and have the owner verify.


This stage begins the actual construction process. The crew will come in and dig the hole per the markings on the ground. This process can be very dirty, but may only take half a day to complete. Once the crew is finished they will smooth out the entry way and clean the street and driveway if needed.


Rebar or steel is used as the reinforcement in the pool. The steel used in the floor and wall will be 3/8” steel on 8” centers. The top portion of the pool which is the bond beam will be constructed using 4 bars of 1/2” steel.


During this phase the crew will be on site installing all the necessary plumbing inside the pool to prepare for the gunite installation. The skimmers and main drains will be installed as well as all of the return lines.


Gunite is a mixture of Portland cement and sand that is applied with pressure to the walls and floor of the pool. We use what is called a 6 sack gunite mix, which consist of 6 parts of cement to 1 part sand. This mixture is what gives the shell its strength and allows us to back it up with a lifetime structural warranty.


During this phase the crew will dig all the necessary trenches in order for all the plumbing to be installed. The pipes will run from the pool and spa as well as any water features, all the way to the equipment location. You plumbing system will be constructed from PVC pipe. The pool equipment will also be installed during this phase of construction.


Now that all the plumbing and equipment has been installed, we can now send in the electrician. During this installation the crew will need access to the breaker box in order to complete the installation.

8. Tile & Coping

Today pool construction has a tremendous selection of natural stone tiles, slates, ceramics, and mosaics. The pool coping is usually crafted from natural stone, but can be crafted from brick, cement, or an assortment of other materials.


This is the time when we will start forming all the flat work and decking. The crew will begin by installing all the deck drainage required and will then start leveling out the ground and setting up forms to prepare for concrete or paver installation. Once all the inspections have passed for the forms and drainage, your deck will be scheduled to pour.


This is the final step of construction for your new custom swimming pool. The plaster crew will install the selected material into the pool at this time. Once the plaster installation is complete, the crew will begin to fill the pool water.


Now that your new custom pool is complete, we will show you how to care for it. During pool school you will learn basic maintenance of a pool, including basic knowledge of chemicals and equipment.


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